Artists assign two different meanings to the term “Perspective.” One refers to the amount of apparent convergence that parallel lines of text and other visual elements seem to have. Another meaning refers to the viewpoint from which you view text or something else. Create 3-D text in Illustrator by Applying the “Extrude” command to text from the 2-D “Text” tool. Leave the command’s cube icon and “Perspective” control unchanged to avoid changing either type of perspective for the text.
1. Click the “File” menu, and then click the “New” command to display a dialog box with controls impacting the appearance of a new Illustrator document. Click “OK” to accept the default settings for the controls and the document.
2. Click the “T” icon on the tool palette to run the “Text” tool, and then click a point on the canvas to indicate where you want the first character of your text to appear.
3. Type some text, and then click “Control” and “Enter” simultaneously to finalize the text.
4. Click the “Effects” menu’s “3-D” item to display a list of commands for making Illustrator graphics appear 3-D. Click the “Extrude” command to display a dialog box with controls that let you stretch 2-D shapes like text characters into 3-D forms.
5. Click the “Preview” checkbox so you can see real-time the effect of your changes to the dialog’s controls. Drag the cube in the dialog’s left corner to change the viewpoint–also known as “perspective”-from which you’re viewing the 3-D text.
6. Click “Cancel” to prevent Illustrator from changing the viewpoint permanently, and then re-open the “Extrude” command using step 4’s instructions. Note that leaving the cube icon in its default state will leave the perspective unchanged.
7. Click the “Perspective” control to display a slider letting you determine how much convergence the parallel lines in your text have. Drag the slider to the right to generate maximum convergence, which makes the text appear as though it were very close to your viewpoint.
8. Drag the slider back to its extreme left end to return the convergence setting to its default of 0. Leave this setting at 0 to avoid changing perspective convergence.
9. Click “OK” to turn your 2-D text into 3-D text, without changing either type of perspective.